sequence Hotel

Name: sequence Hotel Suidobashi

Kind: Hotel

Location: 35°42’09.19″ N 139°45’11.95″ E

Station: Suidobashi Station, JR Lines

Free Wifi: Yes

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Totally.

Site: sequence

Updated 8/21/2021


Tucked away just behind Suidobashi Station in west Tokyo is the brand new fabulous hotel sequence.

The hotel is very convenient and right across from the station. Tokyo Dome City is just to the north. It also has a nice restaurant.

There is also one in Shibuya to the south and one in Kyoto.

If you’re in the Suidobashi/TDC area and need a nice hotel, check it out.

Courtesy Totally Drew.

The new sequence hotel.


Suidobashi Station at night.



Suidōbashi Station – Wikipedia

Suidobashi Area Guide | Tokyo Cheapo


The hotel is visible towards the end of this video by Totally Drew.

Korakuen Gardens

Name: Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Kind: Gardens

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°42’19.90″ N 139°44’57.44″ E

Station: Korakuen Station, Metro Marunouchi Line, Namboku Line, JR Suidobashi Station

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Don’t miss it.

Updated 6/13/2021


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Just west of Tokyo Dome City in west Tokyo is a very nice large Japanese garden called Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens.


To get to Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, take the Metro Marunouchi Line to Korakuen Station and exit to the left up the stairs. You can either cross the ramp and head north, or exit the station and head north on the sidewalk and then head south a block to the west. if you’re willing to walk a bit, you can also take a JR line to Suidobashi Station and head west then north.

The entrance to the park is on the southwest corner. You must buy tickets in advance on the gardens’ website.


Korakuen Station on the Namboku Line. The Namboku station is actually in the basement of the Marunouchi Line Station.

JR Suidobashi Station just to the southeast. Tokyo Dome City is just ahead to the left.

Area Layout

Tokyo Dome City are shown to the right, and Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens are just to the left (west). The entrance is at the lower left corner of the gardens shown here.


Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens is only 1 of 3 remaining daimyo (feudal lord) gardens from the early Edo Period. Land was often granted to daimyo – or put under their care for the shogun or emperor. The gardens date back to the early 1600’s and you can still see many artifacts from centuries past (such as the large stone bridge).

Unlike many Japanese gardens, Korakuen has a more Chinese (Confucian) design.

Things To Do

The park has lots of walking trails, a large and a small pond, and some great views of Tokyo from various vantage points.

It’s well worth a stop for a quick look.


Additional Photos

Marunouchi Line @ Korakuen Station.


Suidobashi Station facing south.


Koishikawa-Kōrakuen – Wikipedia

Koishikawa Korakuen – The Japanese garden next to Tokyo Dome

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens | GO TOKYO

Koishikawa Korakuen | Let’s go to the park!

Korakuen Station/ | Tokyo Metro Line


Cheese Meets Meat


Name: Cheese Meets Meat

Kind: Restaurant

Location: 35°42’00.14″ N 139°45’10.76″ E

Station: Suidobashi Station or Korakuen Station

Phone: 050-5597-3769 (+81-50-5597-3769)

Free WiFi: Unknown

Worth it? Absolutely.

Our Rating: ★★★★★

Last updated 8/23/2020


In western Tokyo, just south of Tokyo Dome City, there’s an upscale little restuarant called Cheese Meets Meat. The original one is in Yokohama.

This quaint little restaurant is superb – a must see if you are in Tokyo.

The menu is quite good – most are traditional dishes but heaped with all kinds of extra cheese. Prices are a bit on the high side – around $30-$40 per person, but well worth it. The quality is excellent.

They also feature delivery.

To get here take the JR Chuo Line or the Toei Mita Line and get off at Suidobashi Station. Exit the northwest exit, go around the corner, and head south down the street. Cheese Meets Meat is down about 2.5 blocks on the right.

You can download a complete train map here.


Exit here (north/west exit), turn left out of the station, left again at the corner and head south.

You’ll pass several side streets – there’s a cheap 200¥ coin locker on one if you need one, and Cheese Meets Meat is on down a bit on your right.


You’ll pass this coin locker on your left.


Pass this side street.

From Tokyo Dome City

If you are coming from Tokyo Dome City (TDC), head out the south exit on the west side of the complex, cross the little bridge there, and head south on the street straight ahead. Cheese Meets Meat is down just 2 blocks to the south.

To get to TDC, take either the Marunouchi or Namboku Metro subway line, and head up into the TDC complex (the Metro station is across the street from TDC). Cross through the LaQua complex (towards the stadium), head to the right down the stairs beyond the stadium, through a small covered area where First Cabin is, across another small foot bridge, and down the stairs + cross the street. Make a dog-leg left down the street towards Cheese Meets Meat.

Cross through the LaQua area shown here (the other direction – this is facing north).


Go past Tokyo Dome Stadium to the left in this photo...

Courtesy Tokyo Drew

And down the stairs + through the small covered area on the right.


The covered area from the reverse angle. There’s a bowling alley and First Cabin.

Exit the covered area….

And head down this ramp.

Immediately on your right you’ll pass this Koban (police box).

Looking back north towards Suidobashi Station. Cheese Meets Meat is on the left. Tokyo Dome City is at the end of the street straight ahead.

A Shortcut From Suidobashi Station

There’s actually a quicker shortcut to Cheese Meets Meat from Suidobashi Station: if you exit the station from the east exit and loop around the long side of the station to the south, you’ll come to the trestle shown on the right above. If you turn hard left here, it will take you down a short diagonal side street which will end right across from Cheese Meets Meat. Don’t head down the tiny street straight ahead, but instead make the hard left down the larger side street shown on the left above. This photo is looking southwest.

Additional Photos


Namboku Line Korakuen Station (N11) – it’s in the basement across from TDC.

Marunouchi Line Korakuen Station (M22)

JR Suidobashi Station east exit – take the north/west exit instead. Take the east exit here + turn right at the street shown ahead for the shortcut mentioned above. Note the nice brand new renovation paint job on the overhead tracks.


Head south down the street for Cheese Meets Meat on the right.




Tokyo Dome City – Part 1: Itabashi->Tokyo Dome on Bike


Name: Tokyo Dome City (TDC)

Kind: Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°42’16.95″ N 139°45’10.95″ E

Station: Korakuen Station (M22) on the Metro Maronuchi Subway Line.

Worth it? A must-see.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Updated 3/14/2021


Tokyo Dome City is a big sports + entertainment complex right in the heart of Tokyo. There’s a huge stadium for baseball, but also a rollercoaster, ferris wheel, and multi-level food and shopping.

Right across the street is MeetsPort – another shopping area. The streets around the area are lined with great restaurants and shops.

Suidobashi Station is the closest Metro Subway stop right across the street.

But in this article, we’re going to cycle to Tokyo Dome City from north Tokyo in Itabashi.

It turns out this is fairly easy – given a few caveats.

JR Itabashi Station, right – newly finished in 2020.

The main avenue that runs from Itabashi to Tokyo Dome City is called Hakusan-Dori. You can cruise all the way from northwest Tokyo down to Tokyo Dome and beyond on this one street. In fact, if you pass Tokyo Dome City heading east, you can take Hakusan-Dori all the way to the Imeperial Palace and Maruonuchi.

So, in photos we’ll show you roughly how to get there.

From Itabashi Station, head north a few blocks onto Hakusan-Dori Ave. South. Use the sidewalks, or brave the traffic until you pass Sugamo, and Sugamo Station.

(As a side note, if you plan to come back this same way, note that as you pass Sugamo Station heading back north, you’ll come upon Jizo-Dori Shopping Street on the left. This is a must-see area, especially at dusk. Loads of great food and shops to explore. See our other post on Jizo-Dori Street).


Hakusan-Dori Ave. heading south from Itabashi.

You’ll pass a covered shopping area on the sidewalk, then pass Sugamo Station. There are both JR and Toei Subway stations here. There’s also a Beck’s Coffee just after the stations if you want to take a break. There’s also a great APA Hotel, shown below:


JR Sugamo Station


Toei Subway Station.


JR Sugamo Station looking north at night. Beck’s Coffee is on the right.

Keep cruising for several miles. You’ll pass charming side streets, and a huge Mizuho Bank, which is, by chance, one block north of the world HQ of Pioneer Corporation, shown below.


The large white bldg. to the southeast is the world HQ of Pioneer Corp.

As the Fig Newton Man used to say in the 1970’s: here’s the tricky part:

Hakusan-Dori splits shortly up ahead. The old street veers to the left and you don’t want to miss the split to the right, or you’ll be taken well out of your way. The split is shown below and when you come to it, cross at the light shown, then veer back left into a brand new bike lane:


Japan’s few bike lanes were designed to have a row of parking spaces to the right for deliveries to park in but lots of trucks just ignore them and park in the bike lane itself anyway – making it even more dangerous. Be extremely careful when passing vehicles parked in the bike lane. It’s easy for traffic not to see you since you’ll be where they don’t expect you to be – in the parking spaces to the right!

Keep cruising and shortly you’ll come to Bunkyo Civic Center. You can either turn right here, or go 1-2 more blocks + turn down the side alley next to the 1st Tokyo Dome City bldg (the big pink one on the right). In either case, your goal is to scope out the huge bike parking lot behind Bunkyo Civic Center. As a short side trip after parking your bike you might want to go check out the huge observation deck atop the city hall, shown below:


Bunkyo Civic Center. Its spectacular observatory on top is free – and is one of the best views in Tokyo..


Either turn right here, or 2 blocks up on the right before the first Tokyo Dome City bldg.


This is what we’re after – the massive bike parking lot behind Bunkyo City Hall. Cruise to the right for the large parking area – just behind the civic center. To the left of the bike parking lot is Korakuen Station (M22) on the Metro Maronuchi Subway Line.


On most days – unless you arrive before dawn – the bike lot will most likely be full. In that case, just park your bike in the lot and put a lock on it. As with most places in Japan, the bike parking isn’t strictly enforced in the short-term. Just don’t leave your bike there overnight or for a few days – or else it might get towed. A Gorin Lock + bike lock will keep it safe. You generally don’t need to worry about bike theft in Japan.


Our $200 Chinese special parked in the lot – along with dozens of other bikes just sitting there, many without locks. Bike parking in the short-term isn’t strictly enforced in Japan.

Now on to Part II of our article.

Check out our Tokyo Dome timelapse vids on our YouTube channel:




The pub that Tokyo Drew frequents is just at the northwest corner of Tokyo Dome City on Hakusan-Dori Ave. A great restaurant + bar – The Hub: